The Mirror, 06/07/2005, p4&5
By SHAUN MILNE
COPS seized a canister of CS gas from a protester during Monday’s running battles in Edinburgh.
David MacLennan appeared at the city’s sheriff court yesterday charged under the Firearms Act 1968.
He denied the offence and was released on bail – with the special condition that he stays away from Edinburgh city centre.
MacLennan, 21, was also ordered to stay away from Perth & Kinross and Stirling until July 10, and sign in at his local police station daily.
He was one of those arrested on Monday who appeared yesterday.
The majority appeared on breach of the peace charges, most being bailed on the same conditions Five people facing more serious charges appeared in private.
Gary Lawson, 33; Colin Johnstone, 32; David Watson, 16; Stejn De Meersman, 21; and Andras Ozvath, 24, were all remanded in custody.
No details were given except in the case of Mr Ozvath, who appeared on charges of throwing missiles.
Englishman Brian Hicks, 38, denied being in possession of an offensive weapon.
He will re-appear in October. Four courts were cleared to deal with anticipated numbers and security vans transported accused to the building.
At least one van was rocked visibly by those inside. Security remained tight all day, police with their stab-proof vests manning the huge gates only allowed people in one-by-one towards airport style metal detectors.
A battery of camera lenses were trained on the entrance from the scores of the world’s waiting media.
Cops in Auchterarder arrested three people yesterday hours before the conference.
The arrests were made yesterday afternoon although police refused to reveal the exact nature of the offences.
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